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Past Events


Transatlantic Digital Agenda: Bridging the Gap

April 5th, 2017

Time : 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Kick Off Event

Location: ESMT Berlin, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin

The common set of values between Europe and the United States from the basis of our contrat social that guarantees our citizens freedom, equality, democracy, openness, and the rule of law expressed in the U.S. Bill of RIghts and the French Declaration of Human Rights in 1789. In the UN, Bretton Woods institutions, Geneva Convention and NATO, Europe and the U.S. forged an international system based on the shared values. Now these Values must be adapted to the digital age - a sort of contrat social digital.

On the eve of the first G20 Digital Ministers' Meeting, this conference will launch a joint project to take on this challenge. Join us for high-level discussion and debate aimed at asking the questions, framing the challenges and laying the groundwork for values-driven answers on how to maintain economic prosperity, political legitimacy and international security in the digital century.

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​​​​​​​​3.30 pm – 4.10 pm

Welcome Remarks:

  • Rüdiger Lentz - Executive Director, Aspen Institute Germany
  • Sandro Gaycken - Director, Digital Society Institue Berlin, ESMT Berlin



​Partner Remarks:

Transatlantic Digital Dialogue - Charting a Course to a Common Market

  • Rüdiger Lentz - Executive Director, Aspen Institute Germany
  • Dr. Frances G. Burwell - Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council of the United States
  • ​Prof. Dr. Friedbert Pflüger - Chairman, Internet Economy Foundation


The Digital Agenda of G20 - The German Objectives for Inclusive Growth

  • Brigitte Zypries - German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy & G20 Digital Ministers' Chairperson


Opportunities and Obstacles: Perspectives from the U.S. and Europe

  • Cameron Kerry - Ann R. and Andrew Tisch Distinguished Fellow, Brookings Institution


Networking & Drinks

4.35 pm – 6.00 pm

Impulse Commentary:

Recommendations for the G20 Digital Meeting based on a Policy Paper by the IE.F and Roland Berger

  • Philipp Leutiger - Partner Digital, Roland Berger

Comments and Panel Debate:
Bridging the Transatlantic Digital Gap for the Economy and Democracy

  • John Frank - Vice President EU Government Affairs, Microsoft
  • Linda Griffin - Head of Public Affairs, King & Co-Founder, EU Tech Alliance
  • Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap - Founding Director, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)
  • Magnus Graf Lambsdorff - Partner, Lakestar
  • Thomas Jarzombek, MP - CDU/CSU Spokesperson on Digital Agenda, Bundestag​


  • Prof. Dr. Thorsten Grenz - Fellow at Large, Kiel Institute for the World Economy